Sri Lanka: Cabinet Ministers will be sworn in today
[b]Sri Lanka: Cabinet Ministers will be sworn in today[/b]
[b]Colombo, 23 November, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] Nearly 25 new cabinet ministers would be sworn in today. At a meeting held yesterday at the Temple Trees, the temporary official residence of President Mahinda Rajapakse, the outgoing 35 Ministers were invited for a meeting and the President explained to them that he intended to limit the cabinet ministers to 25 in number.
It was learnt that more than half a dozen of the outgoing ministers of the previous government volunteered to opt out and to accept any other portfolios the President consider offering to them.
Meanwhile, the JVP which played a major role in the presidential campaign of Mahinda Rajapakse has declined to accept any ministerial portfolios.
The request made by the President Mahinda Rajapakse to accept at least one or two portfolios and extend their support to him had been rejected by the JVP, but they have assured the President of their unstinted support even without holding any portfolios.
It is learnt that all the ethnic groups would be represented in the cabinet of Mahinda Rajapakse.
According to a reliable source that at least there will be two Muslims cabinet ministers and one Tamil.